Feingold Questions Supreme Court Nominee's Association With White House

Wisconsin Democratic Senator Russ Feingold supported President Bush's nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court. But, he has some reservations about the president's latest nominee, Harriet Miers.

Feingold is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He says Miers' selection is puzzling because the president has picked someone whose objectivity and independence is questionable.

The senator says because Miers is one of the president's closest confidantes, the ideal of a judiciary independent from the executive would seem to be in question.

Miers' nomination has caused more concern among the political right than left. But, Feingold's reservations show Democrats too have questions about Miers' nomination and her qualifications.

The other Wisconsin Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Herb Kohl, has only released a statement that urges Miers to be forthright and candid with the American people.